February 21, 2018

Extreme Couponing Goes Digital

Couponing ain't what it used to be.  Sure, papers still have many coupons, but a new trend is emerging in the digital age.

Digital coupons are a rapidly growing force that will likely take over as the primary distribution method for coupons in the next 5-10 years. Companies like General Mills say they’re moving more of their coupon budget toward digital coupons and away from Sunday papers. Digital coupons boast higher redemption rates and often cost less to distribute.

Printable Coupons: The most prominent digital coupons are those that you can print right from home. In addition to top online printable coupon distribution sites like coupons.com, smartsource.com and redplum.com.

eCoupons: Otherwise known as Save-To-Card Coupons are loaded directly from the web to your store loyalty card. When you purchase the designated items and use your loyalty card or phone number associated with that card at checkout, the savings will automatically be deducted from your total! 

Mobile Coupons: Otherwise known as Show-and-Save Coupons. This niche is still small, but will certainly be growing as applications for iPhone and Droid continue to develop. So far the flagship for Show-and-Save digital coupons is Target. 

Today’s smart coupon shopper is younger, richer, more educated and better looking than the coupon shoppers of the last two decades! Okay, okay, so maybe the better looking thing is just my opinion, plus nobody looked good in the eighties, but you get the idea. The stigma surrounding coupon use is lifting, and it’s becoming chic to clip coupons and more fun than ever to get stuff from the grocery store for absolutely Free!

July 4th Weekend Travel Down in 2011

july-4th-2011-drivingGas prices are currently dropping but travel costs are still expected to drive down the number of Americans who will hit the road for the July 4th weekend, according to information released by AAA this week.

In California, The Auto Club report, released Monday, found that 2.9 million Southern Californians expected to travel over the weekend, a 2.3% drop from the 2010 July 4th weekend.

Last year though, July 4th weekend last year had the biggest one-year jump in holiday travelers in the last 10 years.  A jump of 38.6% over 2009.

The same is expected for all travelers in the United States.

"High gas prices this spring have started to impact travel, but the good news for consumers is that gas prices are continuing to drop," said Auto Club spokeswoman Filomena Andre.

Florida Family First in Line For Black Friday 2010

black-fridaySt. Petersburg, Florida — First in line is not good enough for the Davenports. These folks are the first in the nation to start camping out at a Best Buy store in search of Black Friday deals reports WTSP.com in St. Petersburg, FL.

The Davenport family pitched a pair of tents Wednesday at 10 a.m. in front of the Best Buy at Tyrone Square in St. Pete to snag deals that were still nine days away.

That made them the first people to start camping out at a Best Buy store anywhere in the country. To put that in perspective: there are more than 1,000 Best Buy stores in the United States.

So the manager of the Tyrone Square Best Buy will join the Davenports on Friday, November 19 — a week before the big deal day — to present them with an award.

They'll be recognized as the "First Family of Black Friday" and get a special gift. 


Leonid Meteor Shower 2010 Arrives

leonid-meteor-shower-2010The Leonid Meteor Shower of 2010 has arrived.  It began lighting up the night sky last night and will continue until tonight.

The meteor can be seen in the sky near the Leo constellation.  The best time to witness this is three to four hours before sunrise or even before dawn. These meteorites will be entering into earth’s atmosphere a rapid pace. It has been originated from the 55P/Tempel-Tuttle comet.

On an average a sky watcher can witness 10-20 meteors lighting up the sky, which means these meteorites are disintegrating as they enter into the earth atmosphere. According to the experts advice, they say that the best time to watch these meteors is approximately two hours before sunrise.

NASA on the other has said that these meteor showers not only light and create a beautiful scene in the night sky but has also gained the status of a meteor storm. The last meteor storm had taken place some 80 years ago.


Walmart Black Friday 2010 Ad Released

walmart-black-fridayThe Walmart Black Friday Ad has been leaked.  Walmart has historically had many excellent deals during Black Friday and this year no exception. They will be starting their day after Thanksgiving sale at 5am this year.  The deals will include deals on houseware, clothing, and toys starting at midnight. The doorbuster deals become available at 5am. Some of the best deals they will be offering on Black Friday include an HP 15.6" Notebook w/Intel Celeron Processor, 3GB Memory, 250GB Hard Drive for $298 Emerson, a 42" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV for $398, and over 60 Blu-ray movie titles for just $5 each.

Toys R Us Black Friday Ad 2010 Leaked

toys-r-us-black-fridayThe Toys R Us Black Friday sale has been leaked to various sources on the internet. 

There are video games included in their Black Friday Ad as well as a variety of handheld hardware and software to choose from.

These deals include $199 for a 4GB Xbox 360 Console with a free $50 Gift Card, a choice of "buy 1, get one for $5" on some of the latest games for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, Pokemon Nintendo DS games for $15, Uncharted 1 on the PS3 for $14.99, and more.

If you are interested in any of these deals, they will be available starting from Thursday night, November 25th to Saturday Night, Novemeber 27th.

Target Black Friday Ad Includes 40 Inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $298

40-inch-westinghouse-1080p-lcd-hdtvWe just ran across this deal at Black-Friday.net.  Its a 40 inch Westinghouse 1080p LCD HDTV for only $298.  It will be at Target, who opens at 4am on Black Friday.  Get ready, it's going to be crazy this Black Friday!

GottaDeal Leaks Black Friday Ads Early

black-fridayBlack Friday 2010 may still be a few weeks away, but websites such as GottaDeal.com are finding deals before they are officially released.

Most recently, GottaDeal.com writes that it received a copy of Target's circular — set for publication on the day after Thanksgiving. These deals include $3 appliances, deep discounts on HDTVs and 50% off on many clothes and toys.

These so-called "doorbuster" deals at Target will be available from 4-10 a.m. or while supplies last.

Also, keep an eye out for many of these deal online.

Veterans Day Free Meals 2010 and Other Discounts

Veterans Day Free Meals 2010

There are several national chain restaurants offering Veteran’s Day Free Meals on November 11, 2010.  Most of these meals require a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214 or Citation or Commendation.

  -  Applebee’s – Choice of seven entrees offered for free to service members. Drinks and gratuity are not included.

  -  Chili’s – One of six entrees offered for free to service members. Gratuity and drinks not included.

  -  Golden Corral -The Golden Corral Military Appreciation Dinner will be on Monday, Nov. 15th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A free Golden Corral meal will be given to military members.

  -  Hooters – All veterans and active duty military members eat for free from a special “Veterans Day” menu

  -  McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood – One complimentary entree to each service member. Online reservations are “highly recommended.”

  -  Texas Roadhouse – Anything on the “Early Dine” menu free to service members from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

  -  Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and non-alcoholic drink

  -  T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one get one free entrees for service members from Nov. 11th to Nov. 14th

Other Veteran’s Day Discounts 2010

Veterans also qualify for a variety of special discounts and deals throughout the year and on Veteran’s Day specifically.

 -  Home Depot – 10 percent discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day

 -  Lowes – 10 percent discount on all purchases up to $5,000

 -  Dollar General – 10 percent discount with coupon available in circulars

 -  Red Roof Inn – Just mention your military status by phone, and veterans will get an instant 15 percent discount at participating Red Roof hotels in November.

 -  Sam’s Club – With membership, 36,000 Hugo Canes will be offered free to veterans that need “mobility assistance”

 -  Sport Clips Haircuts – Free haircut on Veteran’s day for all military members

Walmart Begins Pre Black Friday 2010 Sale

walmart-black-fridayWalmart is currently running their huge pre-Black Friday sale.  It is going on right now at Walmart stores and online.  Specials include an ipod bundle pack for $185, Acer Laptop for $268, Nininteno DSI bundle for $189 and Garmin Nuvi 1300 for only $117.